3 Ways to Unpack Joy


Boxes adorn each room of our new house and, while it is exciting to be in a house, now we have to unpack it all.  Each night we take a few more and get them unpacked.  We are diligently trying to get this done before needing to decorate for Christmas.  Because of the hurried nature of packing, some things were not noticed.  As we unpack and try to find the right spot in the new home we come across some interesting stuff.

Last night, my wife comes in from a room where she has unpacked with a stack of pictures and an album.  The pictures are of me and my parents.  As we sat down to look through them, I noticed a few pictures I had not recalled seeing before of my parents and a couple of me.  We sat there for about 30 minutes just walking through my life from their wedding day to my college graduation.  It was fun. Unpacking can do that to you.  Each night someone in the house is finding joy in the bottom of a box.

In the Bible, we read “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” from Lamentations 3:23.  Every day that you awake, God’s mercies start new with you.  What a joyful spiritual idea!  Life can be filled with spiritual joy in the midst of physical or mental disaster.  Jerusalem had been overtaken by the enemy because of their disobedience to God.  In the midst of this disaster, Jeremiah writes that God’s mercies start fresh each day.

What are we talking about?

  1. After confession and repentance, God doesn’t hold a grudge. Humans do and this makes it hard for us to accept.  However, God, in his power and choice lets it go.
  2. In a disaster, God does not run away. Sometimes it feels like He does, but we must walk in faith not feeling.  God loves us and wants to bring us joy.
  3. No matter how bad yesterday was, you can start fresh with God today.

Tale a minute and unpack a spiritual box you have held onto in the back room of your heart.  Let God bring you joy!

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